Cadasta Selected by the UN International Fund for Agriculture to Expand Community Forest Rights Work in India

Cadasta is pleased to have been selected as a recipient of the United Nations International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD) Innovation Grant Program to provide services for mapping indigenous people and local communities’ land in Jharkhand and Odisha States of India. With the IFAD grant, Cadasta will expand its work with partner organization Professional Assistance for Development Action (PRADAN), an Indian non-governmental organization focused on strengthening livelihoods of marginalized communities. 

Cadasta has previously worked with PRADAN on developing approaches to map, document, and advocate for community and individual forest rights in Odisha State. Using the data collected with Cadasta’s tools, two communities received government recognized Community Forest Rights, allowing them to develop their own land use and management plans, governance processes, and mechanism for forest protection. Furthermore, over 700 individuals have now received government recognized Individual Forest Rights (IFRs). 

With the IFAD grant, Cadasta will expand its collaboration with PRADAN to Jharkhand state, increasing the number of communities targeted for intervention to 1,400 people, as well as the number of individuals trained in collecting land use data in vulnerable communities. Together, Cadasta and PRADAN will gather data throughout these communities concerning land use and tenure, with the goal of continuing to map areas that have been historically overlooked when developing land use policy. 

Commenting on the IFAD grant award, Cadasta CEO Amy Coughenour said, “We are thrilled to establish a partnership with IFAD. We have already seen success in our data gathering endeavors with PRADAN in India. IFAD’s Services for Mapping Indigenous People and Local Communities’ Land grant will allow us to expand our work with PRADAN to empower even more people and communities in India with forest rights.”   

About Cadasta Foundation:

Founded in 2015, Cadasta Foundation is a Washington, D.C. based nonprofit that develops and promotes the use of simple digital tools and technology to help partners efficiently document, analyze, store, and share critical land and resource rights information.

By creating an accessible digital record of land, property, and resource rights, we help empower individuals, communities, organizations, governments, and businesses with the information they need to make data-driven decisions and put vulnerable communities and their needs on the map.

For more information about Cadasta’s work visit: http://cadasta.org/

About PRADAN: 

Professional Assistance for Development Action’s (PRADAN) mission is to enable the most marginalized people, especially rural women, to earn a decent living and take charge of their own lives. PRADAN works with forest dwelling communities, women collectives and women self help groups for ensuring secure land rights to promote livelihood security, self dignity, and social security for women and communities.

For more information about PRADAN’s work visit: http://www.pradan.net/